Best Dive Flags
A dive flag is essential if you plan on doing any recreational or work-related diving activities such as scuba diving or snorkeling. Most areas required you to have one and for good reason. It greatly aids in the diver’s safety. But these can also certainly be used for home decor to put your hobby on display. They can be hung on a wall in a room and are great conversation starters. These are available in a surprising number of options, so we’ll look at the top ten and examine their features and best qualities to help you pick the right one for you.
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Large 3-foot by 5-foot size
Made of durable polyester
Grommets make it easy to mount to a pole
Top 10 Picks
Large 3-foot by 5-foot size
Made of durable polyester
Grommets make it easy to mount to a pole
Some users did not like that the material is a bit transparent
This FlagsImp is great for a couple of reasons. One is that it is a very large size for easy visibility from a long-distance away. Another great feature is the quality construction from polyester and canvas.Read more
This product is easy to attach to a pole or buoy. There are two metal grommets that give you flexibility in deciding where and how to attach and use it. It would certainly serve its purpose for a diver or dive team on a boat, but it would also be extremely striking if used for home decor on a wall.
The FlagsImp is made of high-quality polyester which is quite durable and very easy to clean. The product is durable enough for outdoor use in all kinds of weather. The hem is made of canvas which provides added durability and ensures no fraying will take place.
This flag is a nice big size with a dimension of 3 feet tall by 5 foot wide. It is big enough to be seen from a long distance away.
This is a basic design that is simple and practical. The white stripe is printed on so the product lays completely flat and is all one piece. The product comes with no extra accessories but that allows you to choose your own accessories.
One of the great things about this product is that it is extremely low cost. It is one of the lowest-priced products on the market, yet is durable and serves its purpose. The product’s durability is due to the polyester and canvas construction. This one is of very good value.
We like how the FlagsImp is a simple, no fuss, standard product. The construction is durable and the price is low.
2. Scuba Max DF-03
It comes with an inflatable float
Has a unique design
Is a great choice for free diving or snorkeling
Compact size is collapsible for travel or storage
Has words on it for those who don’t know what the flag means
Some users said that the product requires some modifications
A great feature of the Scuba Max is its float which allows it to stay in the water above the diver. It’s still on the lower end of the price spectrum and is a nice small size with the ability to be compressed for storage or travel.Read more
One of the great things about this product is that you don’t have to attach it to anything. It comes with its own buoy. You can attach a line from it to the diver so that it is always above the diver. This fact makes it an ideal product for use in snorkeling or free diving, as well as scuba diving. The Scuba Max is of lightweight construction and compact which makes it ideal for travel carry. The bottom of the float can be filled with water to provide a kind of anchor weight stability, but you can choose to put other materials such as sand in the bottom to serve that same purpose.
This product is made out of strong vinyl. A protective plastic layer is around the outside bottom of the float which protects it from being punctured by rocks. The flag includes a stiff plastic rod to keep it upright.
The Scuba Max is smaller than many products on this list, but that makes it ideal for travel. The flag itself measures 12 inches by 15 inches.
This product features a handy inflatable float so that the flag can be placed directly on the water above the diver. The flag and float are smaller in size than some models and can be completely collapsed for easy transport.
Even with its added features and capabilities, the Scuba Max is still quite affordable. It is in the low to the mid-price range and is just a bit more pricey than some models that include only a flag.
We love that this product comes with an inflatable float so that it can be placed directly on the water. It’s great to be able to have it mark the spot almost exactly above the diver. The ability to easily travel with this product and the relatively low price is why we gave it the number two spot on this list.
3. Seasense Nylon Diver
Is U.S. Coast Guard regulation size at 20 inches by 24 inches
Comes with a removable stiffener made of fiberglass
The stiffener is removable for storage or travel
Made of good quality material
Is available at a low cost
Some users had trouble with the fiberglass stiffener falling out
We’re excited about the fact that this product from Seasense is made to the United States Coast Guard regulation size. We also love that it comes with a removable fiberglass stiffener to help the flag stay rigid and visible.Read more
This is another simple yet good quality product that allows for several uses. It can be easily attached to a boat or to a buoy or a flotation device. The two built-in grommets are what you can use to secure the product to a pole. The fiberglass stiffener comes in three pieces and is removable. The stiffener is great for giving the flag rigidity when there is no breeze blowing.
The Seasense is made of nylon and has a sewn construction. The three removable stiffeners are made of fiberglass and are held in a sleeve that is sealed shut with velcro. The two grommets are made of metal and are securely attached.
One of our favorite things about the Seasense is that it comes in the regulation size dictated by the United States Coast Guard. The size of this product is 20 inches tall by 24 inches long. The fiberglass stiffeners can be removed so the flag can collapse down to a portable size .
The Seasense is a regulation, no-nonsense style, but the stitching along the outside and along the diagonal stripe add a nice touch. The coloring is nice and bright with a vivid red and a strikingly bright white stripe.
The price of the Seasense is definitely on the low end of what you can find for these types of products. It is a quality, basic design at the regulation size. The fact that there are no extra accessories cuts down on the price, but also gives you the ability to decide how to use the product.
The great majority of users love this product. The construction quality is excellent. It comes in a perfect, regulation size, and is one of the most affordable on the list. The Seasense is a great product that does what it’s made to do.
4. SeaGator Premium
Made of high-quality nylon
Comes with a tent-style stiffening pole
Easily collapsible and extremely portable
Meets the United States Coast Guard regulation size requirements
Comes with a money-back guarantee
Some users did not think the colors were bright enough
The SeaGator made it on the list because of its durable construction from strong nylon, because of its regulation size, and because of the design of the pole which allows for flag rigidity on windless days. This is a great quality product for the money.Read more
The SeaGator comes in the regulation size which is required in many areas. It is easy and quick to assemble and use. Two grommets allow for easy attachment by rope. The collapsable stiffening pole goes diagonally through the middle in the opposite direction of the stripe. The pole is similar to a tent pole and can be taken apart into three sections so that the flag can be folded for storage or travel. The rod is held in a pocket sealed by velcro.
The nylon material is very strong and high quality. The two grommets are made of brass, and the two corners where the grommets are attached are reinforced with doubled up sewn nylon. The outside edges of the SeaGator are sewn with a double stitch for added strength and durability.
Just like the previous product on the list, the SeaGator is also the United States Coast Guard regulation size at 20 inches tall and 24 inches wide. This size is not only Coast Guard regulation, but is also required by many states.
The slick nylon material gives the SeaGator a shiny, reflective look. The rigidity is reinforced diagonally, and at the opposite angle to the white stripe. Brass grommets and double stitching show the SeaGator’s attention to quality and detail. The colors are bright and highly visible.
At the lower end of the price range, this flag is definitely a good buy and worth every penny. It is strong and well made, long-lasting, and thoughtfully constructed. What’s more, it comes with a 100% money-back guarantee in case you are unsatisfied for any reason, or if the product malfunctions or has a defect.
The SeaGator lives up to its tough-sounding name. The nylon material with reinforced corners and double-stitched edges gives it a strong construction. The price is reasonable, and its size is regulation. This one is a great buy.
5. JCS Foam
Comes with a four foot tall two-piece pole
Made of durable nylon material
The base is weighted with lead
Steel wire stiffener keeps product rigid
Some users thought the assembly was a tad difficult
Costs a bit more than some models
With its included pole and foam float, the JCS is a great option for anyone who wants the flexibility of being able to use the flag on either the water or a boat at any time. The JCS is made well and can withstand tough conditions and rough seas. It is a bit pricier than other products, but the extra features add to its value.Read more
The JCS comes with a four-foot pole and a foam float to attach the flag to. The product can be disassembled for convenient portability and is lightweight at 1.5 pounds. Since it comes with a pole and a float, it can be flown from a boat, or floated in the water. The bottom of the pole has a place to attach a dive line so the flag can stay with the diver.
The flag is made out of nylon, and the float is made out of strong foam. The base is weighted with lead for stability, and the flag is reinforced with a steel wire stiffener.
The dimensions of the flag are 14 inches tall by 18 inches long. The pole is collapsible, but when put together, it stands at four feet tall.
The JCS has three attached grommets. Two are for attaching the flag to the pole, and the third holds one end of the wire stiffener. The foam float is white-bordered on top and bottom with orange. Underneath the foam float is an eyelet for attaching a dive line.
This particular product is a bit more expensive than other models, but it does come with extra features so it is still worth the price. The fact that it comes with a pole attached to a foam float is definitely worth a bit more money.
The JCS is a great product for the price. It comes with everything you need to use it on the water or on a boat. What we like about this particular model is that it includes not only the flag but also a pole and float.
6. Scuba Choice
Has words on the buoy that say, “Diver Below”
The flag is securely attached to buoy
Deflatable buoy for storage
The flag is 16 inches by 20 inches
Has a ring to attach a line to the diver
Some users had trouble with seams on the buoy coming apart causing leaks
Some thought that the product was poorly constructed
While the Scuba Choice is similar to the Scuba Max at the second place on this list, it’s different in that the inflatable buoy is round and flat and shaped more like a life preserver.Read more
The Scuba Choice is great to have floating in the water above the diver. It is quick and easy to set up, just inflate the buoy. The great thing about the buoy is that it displays the words “Diver Below” in big red letters so there is absolutely no confusion and even people unfamiliar with the meaning of the red and white flag will know why the buoy is there. The buoy has a ring so you can attach a towline from it to the diver.
The bottom of the buoy has a weight clip strap for keeping the product stable when floating in the water or being towed. The entire product weighs about 2.1 pounds which is more than some models and indicates that the product is sturdy and well made. Some users, however, did have problems with the seams in the buoy coming apart and causing it to leak, but others have reported that the material of the buoy is thick and tough.
The flag itself is 16 inches tall by 20 inches long. The base of the buoy measures at 22 inches.
The design of the flag attachment to the buoy seems to be well thought out. A plastic rod goes up from one side of the buoy, through the top of the flag, and then down the other side of the buoy. The words on the side of the buoy are a great addition to the product.
While a bit pricier than many models, the Scuba Choice nevertheless is a good value. It comes with extra features such as the inflatable buoy so a little extra cost is to be expected.
The words printed on the side of the buoy are a great safety feature, and the flag is securely attached to the buoy.
Can be hung horizontally or vertically
Choice of with or without stiffener support
Is not U.S. Coast Guard regulation size
One of our favorite things about the Trident is the durable poly-coated nylon material that it’s made of. This is a good all-around basic product that’s easy on the budget.Read more
Users found the Trident to be well made and basic but practical. When buying, you have the option of choosing whether it comes with a stiffener.
The Trident is one of the most durable on the market. It is made of woven nylon that is poly coated. The grommets are reinforced for added strength, and the wire stiffener is made of steel.
This product measures in at 14 inches by 16 inches.
The style of the Trident is simple and durable. It’s a tough, basic product that is versatile. It has stitching along the side and comes with or without a metal stiffener.
The Trident is a reasonable, very low price but is exceptionally well made and so is definitely a good value product.
Simple and basic, the Trident certainly gets the job done. It might not come with any added bells and whistles, but it’s extremely durable and practical. It does what it was designed to do.
8. Sopras Sub FreeDiver
Extremely high quality
Comes with two flags and a stiffener
Has a pressure relief valve so it can’t be over-inflated
Has a strong cover over the float for protection
Net in the bottom of float for water drainage
One of the most expensive options
What we love about the Sopras Sub is its rugged durability due to the thick cover surrounding the buoy. More expensive than other models, this product is also extremely well made.Read more
Besides its intended use, the design of the Sopras Sub allows you to use it for storage while out on the water. It is shaped like a doughnut with a large opening in the middle and an enclosed bottom which makes it ideal for storing things.
The thick canvas-like cover that goes over the inner float adds great protection to guard against punctures. The Sopras Sub is ruggedly built and can hold a lot of weight. The nylon material is measured at 200 denier.
The diameter of the buoy is 26 inches.
The Sopras Sub comes with a thick red cover that goes over the yellow buoy. Its round shape gives it stability and allows it to be used for storage while in the water. The flag attaches to a pole on the buoy.
Because of its high quality and added features, the Sopras Sub is pricey. It’s one of the most expensive you can find, but also one of the most durable.
Although it comes with a high price tag, this product is still a great option and comes with a rugged cover to protect the buoy and provide storage.
9. SEAC Sea Mate Inflatable Gangway
Can hold gear or serve as a resting spot
The included flag is not the regulation size in Florida
D rings are made from plastic
The largest and most durable product on our list is this one. The Sea Mate from SEAC is an incredibly versatile item that is ideal for almost any watersport. It serves as a diver flag, a meeting point, a rest stop, and a place to store extra gear.Read more
This product has many uses. Most users prefer this item for spearfishing, but it is a great companion to scuba, snorkeling, and freediving trips. It holds the flag up high and visibly and also has seven D-rings on the bottom for anchoring, towing, or attaching extra equipment. The “boat” of this product provides a great place to rest or to keep waters.
The main body of this product is made from 420 D polyester. It features three separate air chambers and has two handles to make transporting it easy. One downside is that the D rings are made from plastic and do not seem to be as durable as the rest of the product.
Fully inflated, this boat measures 33.5” by 23.6”. It weighs just 3.8-pounds and packs down very small. A very important thing to note here is that the included flag is not regulation size for Florida. However, it can be easily replaced.
This item houses the white and red flag on the very front of the float. The float itself has a black bottom and an orange surface.
This is one of the more expensive items on our list. However, it is also one of the most versatile. It is much more than just a flag. It is also a place to store tanks, gear, waters, or just to rest when you need a break. The pump is also included with purchase.
For true water lovers, this is a great and versatile product. Depending on the regulations in your state, you may want to look into a replacement flag.
10. SalviMar Torpedo
Comes with Alpha and CMAS
Durable air pocket and lining
D rings are not durable
Some reviewers had to add weight to the buoy to keep it upright
Our next addition from Salvimar comes with a buoy, an Alpha flag, and a CMAS flag. It is easily deflated and inflated, making it a great portable product. There has been some concern about the durability of the D rings, but overall, it is a good option.Read more
This buoy can be used to warn boaters that you are in the water, no matter what activity you are taking part in. There are multiple D rings, allowing the buoy to be tethered or allowing you to attach gear.
There is a strong internal air bladder that is covered in nylon exterior with black straps. On the black straps is where you find the D rings. Unfortunately, like many others, these rings are made from plastic. We would have been much more impressed to see metal rings.
The torpedo (buoy) is thirty-two inches long and six inches in diameter. It is large enough to give a great warning, but not unnecessarily large. It also collapses down to a very portable size. The included flags measure seven feet by eight feet.
This bright orange torpedo has black accents. It has great contrast against the ocean and is easily spotted. It comes with two flags, the CMAS and Alpha flags. This is great, except for the fact that the Alpha flag is not regulation size for Florida waters.
The bright buoy and two flags make this is a great item. The price may seem expensive at first glance, but you are sure to get many uses out of this product.
This torpedo and flag set from SalviMar is easy to inflate and deflate and very portable. We are impressed that it comes with both flags and the torpedo itself seems to be quite durable. If only we could say the same for the D rings.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Extra features or the addition of accessories determines the possible usage of the product.
Some of the dive flags on this list are very basic and come with no accessories and so would have to be attached to something like a pole or a buoy. Others come with lots of accessories and features like different styles of buoys, rope, a pole, a wire stiffener, and many of the products allow for choices between different styles and features. We thought it was important to showcase a number of different products that had features ranging from the very basic, to everything you could possibly need.
Another thing we looked at was whether the product was versatile and if it could be used in a number of different situations. Some of the products can be used on the water or on a boat, others can only be used on a boat. Many of the choices on this list are ideal for a wide range of water sports from scuba diving, to snorkeling, to freediving. We wanted to make sure and feature a whole range of options so you could decide what is best for your particular needs.
With a product that is so essential to your safety, durability is a must.
For a dive flag to withstand rough outdoor conditions with all kinds of weather, possible saltwater, and strong UV rays, it’s going to have to be tough—extremely tough. One of the main things we looked for when researching these products was the durability. We paid attention to not only what material the product was made of, but also how it was put together. We looked at whether the product coloring was dyed or sewn in, and if sewn, how strong the stitching was. We showed preference to products with double stitching and ones that were made out of rugged materials meant to withstand water and sun. The way the flag was attached to the buoy or float was also an important factor in choosing the products for the list. The final thing we paid attention to was the material and construction of any added features or accessories. We wanted to know the material of any buoys or floats and any handles or rings attached to them.
With this kind of product, size affects the possible use.
There are many possible things you might want to use these for, from water sports to possibly even home decor. Depending on your intentions, you might want a dive flag that is small and easily portable, or giant and visible from a great distance. Some of the products we chose have size options, and some of them are U.S. Coast Guard regulation size which might be important depending on the area in which you want to use it.
Style choices for this kind of product are mainly practical.
We realize that when choosing one of these, any style choices are going to be mainly for practical reasons. The size, shape, and coloring of the product dictate what you can use it for and if it follows official regulations.
We know how important it is to find a high-quality product that is worth its price.
When considering the value, we compared all their features and the quality of their materials with the price relative to other products on the market. We chose products from a huge range of prices, from very low, to quite high, always making sure that they were worth every penny.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
Before making a decision, you will definitely want to make sure to check on any regulations in the area you plan to use the product. Many states require a certain size flag for diving, so you will want to be aware of that before purchasing. Also, take into consideration how you want to display the product. Does it come with a buoy or pole for display, or do you have to supply your own? And in that case, what size is best for the pole or buoy you have?
Make sure to check on all the materials that the product is made of. Look for materials like polyester or nylon which can withstand tough weather conditions. Examine the product closely and notice how well it is constructed and if the design seems to be well-engineered.
These products come in two possible color combinations—red and white or blue and white. The red and white is for use in American waters, and blue and white is for international waters. Before choosing a product, you will need to know where you will be using it so you can choose the right color. You will also want to notice the features and accessories of the product and decide what you need and which ones will be best for your situation.
Other Factors to Consider
If the item you invest in is sold without any accessories, do you have a proper place to fly it from? If you are flying from the post of a boat, you will need to make sure that it flies high enough in the air to be visible to surrounding boaters. Alternatively, some of the options are sold with buoys that keep the item afloat above the water. An important accessory that is not always included is the pole to hold the flag up straight. Another important optional accessory is a flag stiffener. This product holds the flag open, ensuring that it is visible, even in windy conditions.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Do I really need a dive flag?
If you are going to be diving or snorkeling, then yes, you do need one of these. In many areas, they are required by law. Florida, for example, has very strict laws requiring dive flags. Even if they’re not required, they are essential to ensure your safety. Other boating traffic needs to be alerted to stay away from an area where a diver is underwater.
q: What size do I need?
That depends on what you’re going to use it for, and where you’re going to use it. Are you going to be diving or snorkeling in a lake or the ocean? Then you will need to find out what regulations are in place in that area. Different states and countries have different requirements. The United States Coast Guard regulation size is 20 inches by 24 inches.
q: Why are there different colors?
In the United States, the official style is a red background with a white diagonal stripe. Internationally, however, the style is a white left half and blue right half.
q: How do I know what size and style I need?
Be sure to research regulations in the area you’re going to be using it. Once you know what is required, you can make all the rest of the style choices on your own based on the activities you’ll be using it for and based on what features you like best. Another thing to remember is that there is the potential to customize many of the basic designs. Don’t be afraid to do a little DIY and modify the product for your particular needs. You can find a lot of great ideas for this online.
q: What material is most durable?
The majority of these products are made primarily out of either polyester or nylon, or a combination of the two. This is because these materials react well to harsh conditions. They are slick which makes them easy to clean, and they are extremely tough and can withstand the wind without fraying.
q: How do I display the flag?
If the product you choose comes with a buoy or float then you can easily attach the flag to it. The product will most likely come with instructions, and you can also find help online. The majority of flags can be attached by tying a rope through their two grommets and attaching that to a pole. If the flag does not include a buoy or float, then you can attach it to one of your own, or you can tie it to a pole attached to a boat.
q: How do I clean the flag?
To help the product stay in great condition, or to clean off all the sand, saltwater, and grime before packing it away in a suitcase, you might want to give the product a thorough cleaning. The good news is that because of the material that these products are made of, they are extremely easy to clean. You can rinse them off with a hose or wipe them down with a wet cloth. That’s all there is to it!